June 6, 2011

HE'S A BETTER WRITER THAN FAULKNER (via The Other Brother):

Hebert writes what he knows — this region (Sarah Trefethen, 6/04/11, Keene Sentinel)

Ernest Hebert’s ninth novel will be published in September. Titled “Never Back Down” and set in Keene, it chronicles 40 years in the life of a French-Canadian member of southern New Hampshire’s working class.

“It’s my life if I hadn’t gone to college,” Hebert says.

Hebert, who turned 70 in May, is a tenured professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, where he heads the creative writing program. But his road to the Ivy League was long — and it ran almost entirely through the Monadnock Region.

“The Dogs of March,” Hebert’s first novel, was published when he was in his 30s and working as a reporter for The Sentinel. [...]

Hebert’s stories are subtly funny, character-driven dramas of New England life. The plot of one Darby book — according to its dust jacket — revolves around a special town meeting on a proposal to build a shopping mall.

But if the stories are mundane, the themes are as lofty as they come.

“Religion, race and class — what else is there, really?” Hebert asks. [...]

Question:

How do you feel about being compared to William Faulkner?

Answer: “I hate being compared to William Faulkner — this kind of uppity, snooty southerner with his turgid prose based more or less on the Bible. I can’t bear to read Faulkner. It makes me want to puke, and you can quote me on all that. I just loathe Faulkner’s writing.”


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